#DirectedbyWomen REVIEW- Obvious Child: On stand-up comedy, pregnancy and doing ‘adult’ things

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Obvious Child- a film written and directed by Gillian Robespierre- follows Donna, a stand-up comedian from Brooklyn, as she goes through the loss of her relationship when her boyfriend cheats on her, as well as the loss of her job. After hitting what appears to be rock bottom, Donna has a one night stand with a stranger from the comedy club she performs at, resulting in an unplanned pregnancy- the film centres around how she copes with her definite decision to have an abortion.

Although the premise of this film suggests it’ll either be super dark and depressing OR instead, a clichéd rom-com where her and the stranger fall in love and everyone is happy forever, it is actually a warm, original and genuinely funny film that doesn’t cause too much emotional stress- something that’s usually a pretty good thing when you’re watching a comedy. Yes, the outline of the plot appears dark, but protagonist Donna is played by Jenny Slate- an actress I know primarily from her role as the hilariously far-fetched Mona Lisa from Parks and Recreation, which made me want to see it just for the chance of Parks-esque humour. As well as this, Max is played by Jake Lacy, an actor that featured in series nine of the US Office. It could be argued that this film conveys the kind of comedy that can be seen in Parks and The Office, therefore the otherwise sad fates that meet the protagonist are contrasted with light-hearted, laugh out loud humour.

Obvious Child is a film that’s extremely easy to watch- I genuinely cared about so-called failed-human-adult-woman Donna as she was forced to do genuine adult things. In that way its a relatable film too, as her mother complains that she doesn’t even know how to do her taxes and she is incapable of getting a ‘real’ job- I relate to that. The dialogue is 100% what makes the film, and having never seen any of Gillian Robespierre’s work before I didn’t know what to expect, but her writing is so funny and not at all predictable or clichéd, which in turn really makes this film the uplifting, real comedy that it is.

by Laura Hague


LAURALaura Hague is 18 and lives in Newcastle, in the north of England. She tweets at ccaliforniadaze and blogs at ddoused.tumblr.com.She enjoys wasting her time on IMDb and wishing she was April Ludgate, and her three favourite films are (probably) Annie Hall, Pulp Fiction and The Wolf of Wall Street.

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